Getting entwined with nature is one way to nurture yourself. Thomas Merton once said, "You can't be neurotic in front of a bunch of trees." Take a walk in a direction you've never gone before, hike up a hill you've seen for years yet never taken. Joan says in her book, "Be still and listen to the primitive squawk of birds and breathe, breathe deeply of the moist, clean air and be open to whatever comes your way."
When One is freshly informed, and has a serendipitous experience,
one's mood is changed, one's heart is changed. That is why
taking time to see, hear, be present to images and language that
arise from new experiences have the power to change one
from one way to another.
-Women Who Run With The Wolves
Grief is a partner to change. We feel a loss when change is taking place, whether it's a wanted change, or an unwanted one. It can bring sadness as we see the past fade behind and we feel the familiar is gone. With it is fear of the unknown - Will I fail? Will it hurt? Will I be okay? We allow too many days to go dull and permit too many parts to go unused. Each day's adventures can teach us how simple it is to be involved and uplifted by nothing more complicated than the unexpected. Keep your senses alive by using them - smell the pines, feel the wind, hear the brook, taste the berry.
It takes strength to acquire independence, and the risk of being estranged from the life you've always known. Life has it's own laws and we need to be mindful to walk carefully through it so as not to bring it a disservice. So it should be with those who move in and through our lives. Dig deep and collect moments, don't sit still. Life is a work in progress.